Arabic Idioms: A Corpus Based Study by Ashraf Abdou

By Ashraf Abdou

Idioms characterize a desirable linguistic phenomenon that has captured the eye of many linguists for many years. This corpus-based learn of idioms in smooth typical Arabic sheds mild on their complex nature, establishes the foremost styles in their linguistic behaviour, and gives reasons for those styles.

Adopting a descriptive framework, the examine addresses major matters in regards to the discursive behaviour of idioms: the discursive capabilities that they practice and the ways that they give a contribution to the harmony in their texts. studying basic facts in regards to the semantic, discursive, lexical and grammatical houses of Arabic idioms, the writer touches at the ubiquity of those expressions in language use, the wide variety of features they practice in discourse, the issues they typically reason in domain names equivalent to overseas language studying and translation, and their ordinary divergence from the traditional ideas of grammar and semantic compositionality.

Providing causes for significant linguistic phenomena, this research could be obtainable to linguists, translators, lexicographers, translation software program builders, and language academics in addition to learners.

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As for the latter, the LDC Arabic Corpus contains texts from two news agencies and three newspapers. The news agencies are Agence France Presse and Xinhua News Agency. The newspapers are Al-Hayat, Al-Nahar, and Al-Ummah. I have not conducted systematic, exhaustive examinations of this corpus because it is extremely large such that it cannot be investigated thoroughly by an individual researcher. This corpus consists of 489,729,594 words. In addition, although the LDC Arabic Corpus makes use of some advanced searching tools such as wildcards, it does not utilize many of the functions of regular expressions.

Various subject matter and texts were covered, ranging from interviews, book reviews, feature stories, religion and culture, and sports reports, to straight news reports and editorials. (p. xix) There are doubtless those who would assert that the ordinariness of media language causes it to lack the beauty and expressiveness of literary Arabic, and therefore that it is unrepresentative of the great cultural and literary achievements of the Arabs. To those I would reply that the very ordinariness of this type of language is what makes it valuable to learners because it represents a widely used and understood standard of written expression.

The star of sb/sth set the glory or fame of sb/sth ended, (cf. PST chest-NOM sb lit. 4 Continued No. Idiom F. g. F-NOM-INDF lit. g. F sth lit. g. 5 Verbal idioms No. Idiom F. PST he fumed with rage (cf. PST half-ACC lit. PST lit. PL-GEN sth lit. PL-ACC DEF-air-GEN lit. PST grave-ACC sb/sth lit. g. the success or career of sb, or he put an end to sth, (cf. PST DEF-poison-ACC lit. g. PST bitterness-ACC sth lit. PST flag-ACC sth lit. he raised the flag of sth he supported sth, he made sth triumphant, or he exhibited sth (usually a pattern of behavior such as disobedience), (cf.

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